Dismantling the Public Sphere: Situating and Sustaining Librarianship in the Age of the New Public Philosophy

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August 2003



This work presents a thorough examination of librarianship and the social and economic contexts in which the profession and its institutions operate. As a basis of analysis, Buschman employs critical education scholarship and the research of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, whose seminal work on the public sphere--the arena in which the public organizes itself and formulates public opinion--serves as a meta-framework for Buschman's study of librarianship.


"John E. Buschman has written a thought-provoking meditation on the context and position of public libraries in a social environment that has changed greatly in the past few decades. This book examines the ways in which external social, economic, technological, and intellectual forces affect the role, status, function, and goals of the public library in the United States. Dismantling the Public Sphere is a provocation and an invitation to scholars and practitioners of library and information science to think more about positions, policies, and actions of public libraries within the context of a wider social perspective than library discourse usually considers....By making readers reflect on the nature of libraries as public entities and the social drivers that shape the place of libraries, this book does something that far too few texts in the field of library and information science do....[a]n important contribution to the library and information science discourse."-The Library Quarterly
EAN: 9780313321993
ISBN: 031332199X
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2003
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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